My first ever pregnancy vlog is available to view by clicking on the video link below! I’m 29 weeks now and talk about the discomfort of SPD, bump bands, packing and prepping my hospital bag and the labour aids I have purchased so far. Enjoy!
I love this recipe its one of my absolute faves! It is so super easy to make, you can follow the recipe below or click on the video link below to view it in video. The instructions are really simple and easy to follow.
1 medium bowl of small prawns (about 300-400g) Tofu for a vegetarian substitute
4 noodle nests
1 can of coconut milk
1 liter of vegetable stock
2tbsp of coconut oil
small bowl of garnishings (chopped cucumber, spring onions, fresh chilli)
salt & pepper
1tsp of paprika
1tsp of ground cumin
1/2tsp of ground coriander
1/2tsp of tumeric
1tbsp of lemongrass puree
1 small piece of ginger
5 peeled shallots
5 cloves of garlic
5 fresh chillies of choice
1 red pepper chopped
1 head of broccoli chopped
Blend the chillies, garlic, shallots, ginger lemongrass and all spices in a small blender with a little water. Heat the coconut oil in a non stick pan and add the blended spice mix, brown lightly. Add the stock and vegetables and cook the vegetables on a medium simmer. Add in your prawns or tofu and stir through and cook through for a few minutes.
Add the coconut milk and cook through until dissolved. Serve on top of the cooked noodles and garnish with the chopped cucumber, spring onions and chillies.
If your after super easy homemade Almond milk check out this recipe video below. I’ve also given you a quick tour of my new Nutramilk nut milk machine, its pretty awesome and has saved us loads of money so far making our own dairy free milk and will continue to do so in the future.
We are loving the machine so far, I would recommend checking the company out by clicking the Nutramilk link below.
I’ve used my Nutramilk machine to make the almond milk and it comes with a hard back high quality cookbook containing around 200 recipes.
Click the image above to view the Almond Milk recipe video
This is a super easy recipe for a natural homemade lip scrub that nourishes and soothes the lips especially in the colder weather. It’s particularly good for dry lips and is safe for the kids to use also.
The ingredients are completely organic and natural and are even edible so you don’t need to worry about it accidentally being swallowed! It tastes good too!
Check out the recipe video below for full details.
I have saved so much time and money by shopping and meal planning on a monthly basis. I wanted to share my method with you all and hopefully you will also benefit from this method in some way.
So lets talk money first! I budget £25 per person per week, my children are all eating fairly large meals now but If you had smaller children you could perhaps budget £25 per adult and £10-15 per child. It is entirely up to your own requirements and circumstances but I feel £25 a week per person works out well for us.
So as a family of five our monthly food budget is £125 x 4 = £500 per month
Meal Planning –
I use cookbooks and my own family recipes to plan our meals for the whole month. I usually just plan for Monday to Friday as the weekends can be pretty busy and we tend to eat out sometimes at the weekend so I like to keep options open for the weekend.
I plan all the evening meals, two soups for the week, two baked snacks(cake etc.) for the kids, I also buy several sandwich fillings and have a soup and sandwich most days. I keep the breakfasts pretty loose and buy in ingredients to have porridge, eggs, smoothies etc. Sometimes if I have extra time I will plan a few different smoothies for each week but I tend to make up my own super food smoothie recipes if I am not using my smoothie book.
I also buy in all of the kids school snacks, lunch box items and any other snacks that they like to eat. We don’t really buy biscuits and sweets apart from the odd bar of chocolate but do eat treats when we are out and about. I find if we stock lots of unhealthy snacks in the house the kids and myself included will eat them up too quickly.
I buy all the toiletries and household goods in bulk and any other items needed on a daily basis. I also like to bulk up on a couple of items for the larder/pantry cupboard and choose a couple of things to bulk up on per month such as rice, pasta, tinned foods etc. I find it works out cheaper this way and reduces my monthly shop overall in the long run.
I split the budget up as follows –
1 Monthly Bulk Shop – around £200-250
3 Weekly Mini Top Up Shops – £30-£50
1 Monthly Bulk Order of household, toiletries, larder/pantry goods (usually from amazon) – £100
Sometimes I will have money left over, sometimes I am slightly over budget but it all works out in the end.
This method saves me so much time, money and effort I can’t imagine swapping it for any other at the moment.
Click on the videos below for a look at my monthly hauls and weekly mini top ups. Any questions drop me a line.
Love and happy meal planning!
Awesome Apple Recipes
I have four delicious apple recipes to make use of my homegrown apples and apples from friends. These recipes are so easy to make, even supervised children could make them. My favourite is the toffee apple smoothie! If anything try this recipe!
Click the video below for the recipes. You can also find the recipes further down this post.
Toffee Apple Smoothie
2x chopped apples
2-4 x medjool dates
3+ cups of Hemp Milk (or other milk)
Dash of maple syrup
1 Tsp of Cinnamon
Add all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Add in a little extra milk if necessary. Share with family and friends!
Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches
Oh these are so delicious! Be warned they are addictive! 😉
Apple Slices (seeds removed)
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Chopped Nuts/Dried fruit/fresh fruit
Slice and remove the seeds from the apples (you can see how I did this in the video above). Spread a tbsp of peanut butter on one slice, top with chopped nuts or fruit etc. and top with another slice. Serve like mini apple sandwiches! These make great after school snacks.
Overnight Apple Oats
I love overnight oats, they are so easily digested once left to soak the whole night.
1 x apple
Additional fruits/veg (I have used pomegranate seeds in the video some grated carrots would be good too)
Cinnamon & Allspice (optional)
Grate the apple into the glass jug or bowl and stir in the oats, add in the additional fruits/vegetables (grated) into the bowl. I used pomegranate seeds as I needed to use them up from the fridge. Add in enough oats for 4 people (or less) and top up with hemp milk. I topped up the hemp milk up and over the oats so that they have enough moisture to soak up.
In the morning you could pop the oats into a tray and warm in the oven. I topped with some live coconut yogurt and a dash of maple syrup. Delicious!
These are really handy little snacks for kids and are great for packed lunches or for school break snacks. My kids had these all week!
Ready to roll puff pastry
Leave the pastry to come to room temperature and unroll. You can also make your own pastry but for a super quick recipe ready to roll does the job nicely! Cut the pastry into rectangles and then into smaller triangles (as seen in the video) then add in some chopped apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon, allspice and a sprinkle of sugar. Fold in half and close with a fork pressing into the edges. Sprinkle sugar over the top and serve! 😀
If you enjoyed these recipes please check out my youtube channel for more recipes, holistic health tips and ideas.
Finally I reached my two stone weight loss target!
Watch the video below for a full update of my weight loss journey so far! I hope you find inspiration for your own journey or inspiration to start because I didn’t even think I’d loose a few lbs never mind two stone! It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.
Weight & Diet Update
It felt amazing to finally reach my two stone goal! It was a big goal for me and I still can’t quite believe I have come this far. I worked really hard at my exercising and improving my eating habits. I’m not vegan or vegetarian but I eat loads of plant based meals and I believe this contributed to my weight loss and general improvements of my health. I have however gained 2/3lbs since this video due to my over consumption of stodgy comforting foods. I blame the cold weather but I am back on track tomorrow so hopefully that will shift! hee hee!
I’m not bothered I feel happy with who I am and will continue working towards the next goal 😉
I have been journaling to help with my anxiety, this helps me focus on my direction, goals, to do list and change my negative patterns of thinking and just generally improves my mental well being. I quite often struggle with my thoughts and negative thinking and this has helped me to address these issues and change them around for the better. I’m not perfect but a work in progress!
I have changed my routine a little bit from doing step aerobics everyday. I ended up with a bit of a sore knee and realised I needed to vary it a little to avoid injury. So because of this I have included some strength training and yoga in every second day. This has helped with my strength throughout my cardio sessions and I’m happy with how it is working for me.
So before my workout I have a pre-workout shot made with the Motion Fitness Superfood Powder . I have found it to be a powerful blend and it has helped give me a boost especially throughout my cardio sessions. So I like to have this 30 minutes before my workout to give it time to absorb and do its magic! I use my smoothie builder to make a healthy repair smoothie for myself. This helps me to repair my body and top up my energy stores after my workout. I love using my Smoothie Builder to make up my repair smoothie. Sometimes I make smoothies which are not based on this format but this is pretty standard for me.
I have shared my ‘Smoothie Builder’ sheet in this video, of which you can find below. It details the categories of foods I add to my smoothies and you may find it helpful for your own smoothie combinations. In the video I mentioned a variety of super foods that I included in my smoothies from time to time. I have detailed where you can buy those below. Remember that the name Superfoods is just a marketing term and they are just foods which are nutritionally potent in various ways and turned into pills or powders (some are also fresh).
If you want to learn more or do your own Super food research then I would recommend checking out David Wolfe and some of his training courses. There are also a good selection of training courses on Mind Body Green they are definitely worth checking out and are affordable. Patrick Holfords selection of Nutrition books are also worth a read. They are packed with the latest health and nutrition research.
This image is what I do for my own personal smoothie making it is not dietary advice!!!
Please do your own research when it comes to your health needs and requirements.
If you have any questions then please drop me a line in the comments below.
Lots of love and good luck on your own health and fitness journey!
These fifteen minute power cleans are saving my house at the moment! Check out this video for my fifteen minute clean on the kitchen clutter worktop!
Set your timers and go!!!
You might be wondering why I’m talking about cleaning when my passion is health and wellness, but looking at my health holistically and all that has an impact on it, I have to take my housework into consideration.
My housework causes me anxiety, stress and makes me feel like a failure if its not done! I struggle for time though…I really struggle for time! I am a busy mum of three messy little people and they need so much of my time and so much cleaning up after (which I don’t mind of course because I love them to pieces).
I can however spare fifteen minutes, knowing that in fifteen minutes I can get surprisingly a lot done!
- Pick the worst area of your home! (yeah I mean it, go for it!)
- Set the timer to 15minutes!
- Ready Set, Clean!
- Clean likes there’s no tomorrow! Solid cleaning for fifteen minutes!
- Stop when the timer stops and leave the rest for the next session
You’ll be surprised how much you can get done in fifteen minutes, I know I was! I was surprised! If you don’t get a whole area clean, that’s fine just work on it next time you have a 15 minute block free!
I hope this helps to reduce your stress and anxiety around cleaning and remember if you are reading this or watching this then you are taking steps towards a better, cleaner house so give yourself a wee hug for that! Your doing a great job!
Weight loss Vlog no.4 is now up on my Youtube Channel – Check it out below for my latest weight loss journey update!
Well what can I say, it was a crap month for weight loss, I blame the school summer holidays and the kids dragging me to places like pizza hut and Frankie and Bennys all summer lol! 🙂 We had great intentions of creating wonderfully healthy picnics to take everywhere but lets face it when you’ve got three kids, a messy house and an unorganised brain who has time to make such things so it resulted in a lot of eating out during our day trips!
I don’t mind, they are only young once and every second is to be enjoyed with them before they grow into big smelly adults lol! So this weight loss vlog details all of my latest struggles and wins and I’ve been shopping to Primark because I’ve still lost enough weight to drop a few dress sizes up top so I am happy with that 😉
I would love to hear about your own weight loss journey, your struggles, your wins! Drop me a comment below to share!
One of my favourite websites for natural beauty products and they have a large selection of organic and vegan products available! Check them out at Naturisimo they are an awesome company and I buy a lot of products from them. I’ve found most things to be of really high quality and just work for my skin!
Click the video below to check out my natural haul!